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Manumission Deed


Published November 11, 1812
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Outerbridge Horsey, a U.S. Senator from Delaware from 1810 until 1821, signed a manumission deed on November 11, 1812, which freed 14 slaves over the course of 30 years. The slaves had been the property of Eliza Lee, whom Horsey married on April 16, 1812. (For more information, see: Peter J. DePuydt, “Free at Last, Someday: Senator Outerbridge Horsey and Manumission in the Nineteenth Century,” Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies 76 (Spring 2009), 164-178.)


Year 1812
Language english-handwritten
Collection opensource
Notes Transcription: Know all men by these presents that I Outerbridge Horsey of the borough of Wilmington in the State of Delaware have manumitted set free and for ever discharged and by these presents do manumit set free and for ever discharge from my service from and after the expiration of the terms of service herein stated, the Negroes follow =ing which I acquired in right of my wife Eliza D. Horsey late Eliza D. Lee that is to say, Robert and Eleanor his wife from and after the expira= =tion of five years from the first day of October last past _ Mary, from and after the expiration of nineteen years from the first day of October Last past _ Lucy from and after the expiration of twenty four years from the first day of October last past _ Henry from and after the expiration of twenty eight years from the first day of October last past _ William from and after the expiration of thirty years from the first day of October last past _ John from and after the expiration of eighteen years from the first day of October last past _ Mark from and after the expiration of seventeen years from the first day of October last past _ Agnes from and after the expiration of twelve years from the first day of October last past _ all children of the said Robert and Eleanor his wife _ also the Negroes following, Will commonly called Packer (?) Will and Polly his wife from and after the expiration of five years from the first day of October last past _ Joan wife of Isaac from and after the expiration of seven years from the first day of October last past _ Richard son of Joan from and after the expiration of eighteen years from the first day of October last past _ Betsy daughter of Joan from and after the expiration of seventeen years from the first day of October last past _ all which said Negroes I manumit, liberate and set free from my service discharge for ever after they respectively shall have served the terms of service hereby reserved as aforesaid in virtue of and conformably to the provisions contained in the act of the General Assembly of the State of Maryland in said case made and provided ___ In testimony where I have to these presents set my hand and seal this eleventh day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand and eight hundred and twelve Lord one thousand eight hundred and twe Sealed & Delivered O. Horsey in the presence [Illegible signature] John Lee signature Dist. Col & County Washington On the Eleventh day of Nov. 1812 Outerbridge Horsey acknowledged the foregoing instrument of writing to be his act of deed and delivered for the purposes therein contained [Illegible signature] List 1. Robert 2. Eleanor 3. Mary 4. Lucy 5. Henry 6. William 7. John 8. Mark 9. Agnes 10. Will 11. Polly 12. Joan 13. Richard 14. Betsy O.H. No. 1 Manumission O. Horsey To Negroes. Robert & Eleanor, Mary, Mary, Lucy, Henry, William, John & others_________ Received November 12th 1812 to be record= =ded and the same day was recorded in Libers A.D. No. 29. Folios 399 & 400 one of the Land records of Was= =ington county in the District of Columbia and examined by W. Brent ck

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